Archive | June 2016

Single and Loving it Summer Fun

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Christian singles cruises allow Christians to meet in a relaxed, fun setting while sailing to some of the most beautiful and scenic destinations in the world.  There are Christian cruise vacations for singles, couples and families.  These cruises provide spiritually uplifting and fun activities and events that encourage passengers to share their faith.  All the while respecting their individual nature of their relationships with God.  The onboard events create a sense of community spirit on the ship and give ample opportunity for like minded believers to share their faith and passion.

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Tips for Single Vacationers

  • Leave valuables on the ship when exploring ports of call.  There may be a safe in your cabin.  Ships have safety deposit boxes where you can lock your valuables away.  Flashy jewelry and handbags are a thief’s dream.

  • Travelers often watch each others back.  So use the buddy system to stay safe when traveling alone.

  • Stay in well populated areas with lots of other people around.  No dark alleys, isolated areas, or remote locations.

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And much more…

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Sunbathing and swimming

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Fun and Games

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The relaxation room

  • Explore and Shop at beautiful port of calls

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The Caribbean islands

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  • Gourmet cuisine served twenty four hours a day

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  • Elegant Dining

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  • Sunset cocktails

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Loving your Spouse through Different Seasons of Life

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Life can change at the drop of a hat.  Bad news, a sudden move, a new baby, loss of income, death, you name it.  Sometimes it’s a good surprise like a job promotion, even with that there are changes.  Life is full of change.  However, even through all the changes life goes on.  As life moves forward we may be unsure of how to handle all the changes.  We may be unsure of how to handle our marriage as we move into our newest season.
Marriage is not an easy relationship to manage.  However if there are two willing parties marriage can thrive in the midst of whatever challenges life may bring.  Although we are unable to control what happens, we are able to control our choices and reactions to the circumstances.  Ecclesiastes 3,  “there is a time and a season for everything.”

  1. Seek God’s perspective for this season in your life.  Pray and ask Him what do you want me to learn in this season?  Discern the voice of the Holy spirit.   It may be a difficult time and God may not take it away but He will give you the grace to get through it.  2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace, favor, loving kindness, and mercy is sufficient for you.  My strength and power are made perfect in your weakness.” This tells me in very plain terms that, “It could be a lot worse.”

  2. Give yourself and your spouse extra grace.  You are in a different season which means new territory.  There will need to be a period of adjustment and the two of you will need to extend that grace to one another.

  3. Embrace that you are in a new season.  Try and wrap your mind around the fact that you have a “new normal”.  For example, before you were parents you could take long vacations without a care in the world.  Now that you have a new baby, couple getaways will take some careful planning, childcare etc..  Perhaps your husband’s job moves you to a new city.  It’s going to take time to become acclimated and make new friends.

  4. Simplify your goals and productivity.  One of the most powerful ways to concentrate less on the negative is to focus your intentions on priorities.  Eliminate and concentrate wherever possible.

  5. Find the good in the situation.  There are always pros and cons.

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Verse of the day:

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5 Ways to keep Romance Alive after Kids

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Keeping the romance alive after having  kids becomes more important not less.  So how do couples adjust to these new demands and still have time to nurture their own bond?  Below are 5 simple steps you and your spouse can take to keep the fires burning after kids.

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1.  Be playful.  Keep your bedroom your own.  Lots of moms make the mistake of letting kids sleep in their beds.  A husband and wife deserve and need their private space.


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2.  Date nights are NOT problem solving nights.   Don’t talk about the bills, or even problems with the kids or problems at work, focus on couple time as if it’s the first date.


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3.  Stay in touch  with sexy texts.  You could tell him something like, “I can’t wait to be alone with you”


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4.  Take advantage of cuddle time.  Be affectionate toward one another.


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5.  Make sure your time alone is well spent.


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10 Excuses you tell yourself to Settle in an Unhappy Relationship

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The biggest reason why we settle in unhappy relationships is because we’re afraid of being alone.  As humans and social creatures we constantly crave for social, and physical intimacy all the time.  The thought of being alone makes us feel terrible.  Personally I feel it’s better to be alone with your self-respect then with someone who doesn’t make you happy or add value to your life.  When we’re single we have to find the courage to stand alone some time.
I heard something that was really interesting to me.  A woman is made from the man’s rib, because of this there is a deep-seated need to fit somewhere, and sometimes she’ll try to fit where she doesn’t belong!!!! Many relationships painfully drag themselves on well past their expiration date causing emotional trauma, wasted time, etc…  Doesn’t sound like a fun time to me.

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10 Excuses you use to settle in an unhappy relationship

  1. You rationalize.  You tell yourself it’s not the best relationship but it’s good enough for me.  You are not viewing yourself as a high value woman.

  2. I’m sure he will change one day.  You know he’s never going to change.  And even if change is in his future only God can change a person.

  3. My time will come.  You decide to weather the storm and put up with the relationship with the hope that you will meet the right person eventually.  You have to let go to make room for the new in your life.

  4. Time will heal everything.  You think if you just wait long enough it will work out.  There are millions of women who are in longterm relationships (years) without a commitment.  For example you’ve been seeing him 5 to 7 years or more without a solid commitment.  Men are only going to do what you let them get away with.

  5. I don’t want to be alone.  You’re terrified of being alone.  What if we break up and I don’t find anyone else?  Ask yourself how unhappy are you right now?  Would you rather be alone and happy or in a miserable relationship that lowers your self-esteem?


  6. The sex is great.  But the relationship sucks.  Putting sex first is never, never going to get you closer to what you want, which is a long-term commitment.

  7. What about our children, commitments, dreams.  Your kids aren’t as naive as you think.  Chances are they are already negatively affected by the way you and your partner argue and treat each other.  What they need is a loving home with both parents and if that’s not possible you can agree to co parent and work on the common goal of doing what is best for the kids.

  8. I’m financially dependant on my partner.  You may need your partner financially.  I tell my daughter that no matter who you are with always keep your independence so that if it doesn’t work out you can leave.  Also, if finances are the only reason you’re with the person its doomed to fail anyway.  If you do not love your partner you need to be honest and start depending on yourself.  And if you’ve never done that perhaps now is the time to start.

  9. I’m too used to my partner.  When you’ve been in a relationship for years and years the person can start to feel like an old shoe.  Very comfortable.  Break out of that complacency mode. Complacency is an obstacle to your future.


  10. I can deal with this.  The question is not whether you can deal with an unhappy relationship.  The bigger question is: “Why are you”?  Don’t think you deserve better?  Because you are not going to get any better than you believe.  Life is too short to live with unhappiness.


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  1. Be completely honest and forthright.  “These are the reasons that I’m unhappy,”  I no longer choose to live like this anymore.  Having exhausted every possibility to save your marriage the dissolution of a marriage is not to be taken lightly and should be avoided.  However the bible has 3 instances where it’s permissible to divorce.  Those reasons are, Adultery, Abuse and Abandonment.  So sometimes saving the marriage isn’t an option and that’s understandable.

  2. If it is a situation where you are being abused and afraid of your partner and or afraid for your children’s safety.  Take refuge quickly with a family member, close friend, or battered woman’s shelter until you can get back on your feet.

  3. If you would like to save the marriage.  Be clear on why you’re unhappy be clear that a change has to be made in order for the relationship to continue and give your spouse a chance to turn things around.  God can do amazing things, and if it’s meant to be you’ll be together. Relationships can rebound from a difficult time and come back stronger.

 

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30 Days to Better Sex, (A journey through Intimacy)

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Amid the daily grind so often our loved ones take the back burner.  We expect our partners to be there for us and love them unconditionally even we’re cranky and burned out.  A busy life can cause distance and disconnection in relationships.  So how do you stay connected when the world  around you is spinning like a tornado?  You ground yourself in the relationship.

It’s time to be more present and intimate with your spouse.  Intimacy involves opening yourself up, sharing and connecting with your partner.  Through intimate moments whether sexual or nonsexual which married couples will explore in our fun, “30 day better sex through intimacy challenge”.

The goal is to connect.  Intimacy does not always mean sex, it can be sex.  However, want you want to shoot for here is to become closer by making connecting a priority thus achieving closeness, affection, familiarity and maybe even butterflies again.  Ladies this is how you keep your marriage strong.

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  • What is an intimate relationship?  An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves emotional and or physical intimacy.

  • Intimacy is characterized by closeness, togetherness, affinity, rapport, attachment.

  • There are two ways couples can do the challenge. The first is to actually have sex for thirty days everyday.  The second way is to work on achieving intimacy everyday for 30 days that ultimately leads to better sex.  It doesn’t have to mean intercourse, orgasm or nakedness for that matter.  The purpose is to enrich your relationship through intimacy which leads to better sex.

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30 Ways Intimate acts, sexual and non sexual, can create Intimacy in your Relationship

  1. Show Gratitude
  2. Have a no holds barred talk about things that are important
  3. Share positive memories
  4. Show trust
  5. Affection
  6. mutual massages
  7. Sleeping naked together
  8. Regular hugs
  9. Intimate conversations about your desires.
  10. A loving email or text
  11. Cuddling naked without having sex
  12. Submerge in water together nude
  13. Having a healthy regular sex life
  14.  Breathing exercises
  15. Tantric massage
  16. Setting the scene.  Nothing can kill intimacy like clutter and a dirty home.  Set the scene for romance by having nice clean smelling surroundings.  You can use air fresheners or carpet fresheners with pleasant scents.  Scented candles also work well
  17. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable
  18. Trying something new
  19. Commit to kissing hello and goodbye everyday
  20. Reduce your complaints and increase your praise of your partner for the next 30 days
  21. Bathing together
  22. undressing your partner
  23. Reminisce about the hottest sex you’ve had together and the reasons why it was a great experience for you two.
  24. Make plans to have no plans just spend time together
  25. Blindfold each other while you explore intimate affection.  The purpose of this is with your sight temporarily out of commission, it allows you to concentrate more on touch.  As a result it’s a different feeling. (this one can be really fun)
  26. Spend deliberate time apart.  Sometimes the best way to appreciate your partner is to be distant from them. (it can just be a few hours)
  27. Learn what your partner’s love language is.  For example: Acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation.  Once you know what gets their juices flowing act on it continually
  28. Leave a romantic note for your partner.  It not only keeps you on their mind, it makes your partner feel loved and appreciated that you did it
  29. Make out in the backseat of your car in a secluded area
  30. Rent a hotel room spontaneously near your home.  The purpose for this is have sex somewhere other than your home.  Sometimes a change of environment can be what’s needed to reignite those sparks.

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